Harvesting Broadband…

How hard can it be, bringing fibre optic to the estate and our neighbours? Pretty blooming hard as it turns out. Going through the process of negotiating with BT Openreach, establishing a community of neighbours who want fibre-optic and are prepared to pay for it, managing the application process, negotiating the terms and finalising the deal has taught me quite a bit about the challenges of private-public collaboration and...

Kemsing Station Development

Sometimes the scariest thing to do is the right thing. This week St Clere has submitted our plans to build housing in Kemsing. For years the pressure has been mounting, and the pressure comes from two (or more) sides. On one side we all know that we need housing that our key workers and children can afford to buy, that central government (whichever party is in power) will demand...

At Last! Not quite so Top Secret…

Last Thursday/Friday we had an incredible team from the Bank of England use St Clere for what it’s best used for.  Houses like St Clere were built for leaders of industry and government to a) show off and b) entertain.  Entertaining in the old days meant inviting other influential people (well, men really) down for a weekend.  I imagine much drinking of brandy, smoking of cigars over the billiard...

What a difference a creak makes

For eight years we’ve all learned the best route to walk across the landing (which is known as the Prayer Landing) between our bedroom and the kids’ rooms.  Depending upon the time of day, you pick your path and run the gauntlet. During the day you charge straight ahead, anticipating precisely each of the gun shot cracks, horror movie creaks and haunted house groans that emerge from the floor...

Mid Life Crisis c/o the Christmas Tree

Saturday 1PM; The raw ingredients are promising;  eight strings of lights (put away super carefully last year), christmas music playing, three willing tweens, two hooked walking sticks and a 14 foot tree from St Clere woodland. 2PM; I’m on my own, I’ve sent the tweens away for their own safety and so they don’t see the major flaws in my character which are emerging.  The first of the eight strings...